28 January 2008

Muslim Gives Opening Prayer For Iowa Legislature

He called for a "victory over those who disbelieve" in it, too. I just caught this at the end of last week, but it's about two weeks old at this point.

Imam Muhammad Khan of the Islamic Center of Des Moines spoke first in Arabic.

"I seek refuge in God against the accursed Satan in the name of God, most gracious, most merciful," [imam Muhammad] Khan said in English. Khan made no specific mention of the war in Iraq or foreign affairs, but he called God the "master of the day of judgment" and asked for "victory over those who disbelieve." [...]

Khan was the guest of State Representative Ako Abdul Samad of Des Moines, who is also a local Muslim leader.
If this would become a major story, though I don't believe that it will at this point, I'm sure that anyone who finds this imam's prayer of concern will just be labeled an "Islamophobe." After all, why would anyone associate a Muslim asking for refuge from the accursed Satan and a victory over disbelievers with something negative?

That's what all moderate and peace-loving Muslims say, and not at all like the words that you would hear from a violent jihadi who has hijacked Islam, right?


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